Feb. 27, 2001
The No. 19 Florida State Seminoles (5-5) used three-run fourth and fifth innings to defeat Appalachian State (1-8) 10-4 in front of 1,485 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starter Robby Read improved to 2-2 on the season with the victory and did not allow a run until the eighth inning.
Karl Jernigan started a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning when he walked, stole second and scored on John-Ford Griffin’s single to right field. Ryan Barthelemy then made it 3-0 with a home run to left field, his third home run in as many games.
In the fourth, Chris Cole reached on a single and scored when Brett Groves singled and the ball was misplayed by ASU center fielder Chris Downard. With Groves on third, Jeff Probst came through with an RBI-single. Tony Richie moved Probst to third with a base hit and Griffin picked up his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly.
Brett Groves upped the Tribe’s lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth when he doubled to center and then scored an unearned run when shortstop Robbie Huffstetler threw the ball into the visiting dugout.
FSU added two more runs in the seventh when Mike Futrell hit a solo home run and Richie Smith scored on a double by Probst.
Appalachian State ended Read’s chance at a shutout with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Downard drove in two runs with a triple to right field and Marko Little collected two RBI with a double to right.
The Seminoles added one run in the bottom half of the inning for the final margin of 10-4. Brent Pearson recorded the final four outs of the game in relief of Read, allowing just one hit and striking out one Mountaineer.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Dick Howser in the final game of a two-game series. FSU will depart for Melbourne immediately following the game for Thursday’s 1:05 p.m. exhibition with the Florida Marlins.